Friday Focus

JSE Staff February 11th


Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine sort of day, feeling the LOVE from each of your little people!

I am sad to miss the special Valentine Candlelight Lunch tradition today! Thank you all, especially Sandy, Pam, Brianna, Katie, Joe, and Lisa for making this another special memory for our kids!

Always enjoy connecting with you to learn more about your class and efforts to increase thier achievement and grow them as little people. Thanks for taking the time for our grade level meeting.

When we return, we will all meet together Thursday morning in the art room to be INSPIRED to INSPIRE!

Also happening, on Wednesday we will celebrate Digital Learning Day in Indiana, check out this website for resources. Take a picture (or let me know when to come snap a pic) and send it to me to highlight your day in my weekly parent newsletter...please!, AND refer back to our google classroom for blended learning ideas.

We continue our focus on higher order math discussions in our classrooms. I will be stopping by to get a snippet of an upcoming math lesson, let me know if you have one you would like me to see!

I wish you a most deserved relaxing long weekend and a happy Valentine's Day!


Professional Development

  • Thursday All-Staff: INSPIRE in Matt's Room
  • Math Focus : I will stop by for a snippet of a math lesson or math review.
  • Friday: Meeting with Mike Grades 3-5

Teach Like a Champion refresher...Chapter 7 – Building Character and Trust

Perfect timing to fill our classroom buckets!

As a teacher, you communicate with your students for many reasons (to correct, to praise, to inquire) and in many different contexts. Students inevitably react to your communication in a variety of ways as well (they may be defensive, angry, motivated, grateful). Because communication is so important in classroom culture, below are guidelines to help with your words and tone.

Technique 43: POSITIVE FRAMING* – Your interventions will be more effective if they are framed positively. Correcting students in a positive way does not mean avoiding interventions. Below are six rules.

1. Live in the now. Don’t harp on the past. Instead of saying, “Keana, stop looking back at Tanya, say, “Keana, I need your

2. Assume the best. Until you know a student has a bad intention, remain positive. If you say, “Just a minute, class. I asked

3. Allow plausible anonymity. When possible, correct students without using their names. “Class, check yourself to make

4. Build momentum, and narrative the positive. Don’t narrate it when students do not follow directions. Avoid, “I’m still

5. Challenge! Kids love a challenge so frame a direction as one, “Let’s see if we can get these papers in 12 seconds!”

6. Talk expectations and aspirations. When your class is doing well, tell them you feel like you’re among future

Technique 44: PRECISE PRAISE – Positive reinforcement can be one of the most powerful tools a teacher has, but it should be implemented well. First, don’t praise students for what is expected, “John, great job bringing a pencil to class!” Instead, save it for something exceptional. This cheapens praise, and what kid wants to be praised if that’s all it takes? Also, be specific about what you are praising and make it as public as possible. In contrast, criticisms should be whispered or nonverbal.

Technique 45: WARM/STRICT – We’re socialized to think that being strict and being warm are opposites. In fact, as a teacher you must be both.

Technique 46: THE J-FACTOR* – Including joy in the work of learning is part of a high-achieving classroom. This can include anything from games (jeopardy), to making students feel they belong (making up funny nicknames for students), to humor, to suspense (setting out a box wrapped as a present and building anticipation about what’s inside).

Technique 47: EMOTIONAL CONSTANCY – Students will get upset at times, but the teacher must remain calm and under control.

Technique 48: EXPLAIN EVERYTHING – If the teacher explains why she is doing what she is doing – because she wants to help students get to college or learn to be responsible – students will believe that their best interests are at heart and make better choices.

Technique 49: NORMALIZE ERROR – By not making a big deal out of wrong (or right!) answers, champion teachers show that it is a normal part of school to get it wrong, then get it right. “Just a minute, class. Some people seem to have forgotten to push in their chairs.”

Reminders and Important Dates

  • Tuesday Grades 3-5 Money Matters after-school program Room 105
  • Teach/Model/Instill/Emphasize CSL: Act Responsibly and Bucket-filling Trait: Kindness
  • Review the techniques above!
  • Turn in 100% Effort Work.
  • Spirit Fridays, wear your orange and green!